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Kelly Clarkson debuts her new man of the moment and you won't believe who it is

The singer has been single since her divorce from Brandon Blackstock

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Hannah Hargrave
Hannah HargraveUS Deputy Editor
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Kelly Clarkson has a new man in her life - at least when it comes to her music! The American Idol alum just dropped her latest single 'I Hate Love' and it features someone you won't be expecting.

Kelly has teamed up with none other than Steve Martin, 77, who plays the banjos on the latest hit from her upcoming album Chemistry.

She fell in love with Steve's skills during the COVID-19 pandemic when she stumbled upon his banjo-playing skills in livestream videos.

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Talking to Billboard about her decision to reach out to the Father of the Bride actor, she said: "I was like, ‘I know that sounds crazy,' [My producer] Jesse Shatkin was like, ‘I think it sounds rad.'"Kelly continued: "I generally don’t ask because I get very nervous about bothering people. But literally, within hours, [my producer Jesse Shatkin] got an answer: ‘Oh my God, he’d love to, when are you recording it?’ "

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She also references Steve in 'I Hate Love' as she mentions two movies featuring the Only Murders in the Building star and Ryan Gosling. "I just love the idea of things happening organically," The Kelly Clarkson Show host continued. 

Surprisingly though, Kelly is yet to meet Steve in person. "My ideal moment is him coming on my show and then us performing it — but I’ll take just him coming on my show so we can talk and hang out so I can, like, meet him."

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The album sees Kelly expressing her emotions over love. The mom-of-two also took to Instagram to announce the new song and wrote: "i hate love is out now! The amazing banjo skills you hear are brought to you by the incredibly gifted @stevemartinreally. I’d pick Martin over Gosling any day. Sorry, not sorry. link in bio #chemistry #ihatelove."

Steve Martin plays the banjo on Kelly's latest single© Getty Images
Steve plays the banjo on Kelly's latest single

Fans commented on the single and wrote: "it’s soooo good! on repeat rn," and, "I already love it, I’m still trying to get over the fact that THE Steve Martin is on a Kelly Clarkson song," while a third added: "This album is already turning into one of my favorites & we’ve only heard 4 songs."

Kelly is gearing up for a big move across the country as her show is relocating from LA to NY. The decision will impact both her professional life and her family life with kids River Rose, eight, and Remington "Remy" Alexander, seven.

Kelly Clarkson accepts The Daytime Talk Show of 2022 award for The Kelly Clarkson Show at the People's Choice Awards© Getty Images
Kelly has a new single 'I Hate Love'

Though at the time of the announcement Kelly kept largely mum on the subject, she recently opened up to TalkShopLive about the decision process of taking both her work and her kids, who she shares with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, across the country to the East Coast.

It wasn't an easy decision to make, and she admitted: "I haven't actually been able to talk about this a lot. I talked to my crew back in January through tears because I have built such an amazing group of people." She added: "Obviously, we've been very successful and I love everybody I work with and we have such great relationships." 

Kelly Clarkson with her children on the red carpet© Getty Images
Kelly and her children are moving to NY

Despite it being a difficult decision, she had little choice, and further explained: "I was like, 'Guys I need you to know what’s happening. It's either I'm not going to be able to continue with the show or I got to go the East Coast.'"

Kelly revealed that the decision was made in an effort to be closer to her family, as she said: "My family is East Coast. They're North Carolina-based. It was one of those things where I just had to."

Kelly Clarkson and ex-husband Brandon Blackstock© Getty Images
Kelly and her ex share two children

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